I gave up on Norton products about 15 years ago when Norton Disk Optimizer killed my hard drive. My dad insists on buying it every year for his machines and every year he screws something up trying to install it. The only thing it seems to do is generate incessant renewal notices.
That'* still not proof that Norton killed your HDD. Your HDD simply died prematurely. They don't last forever nor do they last 10 minutes out of the box. You're simply accusing Norton because its the easiest.